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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:13pm

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.

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Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:13pm

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and also for its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. She discusses the books with Terry Gross.

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You'll Get No Alcoholic Kick From Champagne-Flavored Jelly Beans

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:21pm

Champagne is the newest flavor of the classic Easter candy that's consumed at a rate of 16 billion a year in the U.S. alone. But the origins of the popular confection are "lost in the mists of time."

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Questions For David Levithan, Author Of 'Hold Me Closer'

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 6:03am

Tiny Cooper, the breakout star of the 2010 novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, steps center stage in its companion novel — a fully realized version of an epic musical Tiny's written about his own life.

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:05am

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final seven episodes Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last few installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.

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Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:47pm

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.

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'New Yorker' Cartoonist And TV Producer Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:32pm

Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in Maplewood, N.J., in the '60s and '70s. He says it's a way of keeping his parents alive, "not just for me, but for the world."

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Jokes, Fights And Controversy In A Frictionless Void

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:11pm

The way conversation works in the age of Twitter, it's hard to figure out where to pause and put a controversy in perspective once it's underway.

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Born To Run And Fail

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

A rewritten Bruce Springsteen classic--growled to perfection by They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh--recounts candidates who ran for President, and lost. "Champs like us, Joey we were born to run!"

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Measure For Measure

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

Go the distance for this final round, where all the answers contain some form of measurement. For example, the nickname for London's Metropolitan Police Service is "Scotland Yard."

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Pair It Down

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

Why are Doc Holliday and Dr. Martens a paradox? Because they're a "pair of 'Docs.'" Every answer is a word that begins with the letters p-a-r-a, followed by the word that two clues have in common.

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Color Me Badd

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

The geniuses at Crayola always crank out crazy crayon names, from "Mac & Cheese" to "Inchworm." Can you deduce real crayon names from ones we made up?

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Get Them To The E.R.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

All the answers are celebrity names that end in the letters "e-r." What Community star would throw down the gauntlet in a rap battle against his alter ego Childish Gambino? Hint: Not Danny Glover.

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Law And Order: Special Fairy Tale Victims Unit

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

In the enchanted forest, fairy tale villains are interrogated by the elite Fairy Tales Victims Unit. These are their stories. Can you solve whodunit from these fabled motives?

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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi On Representation, Identity And The King Of Pop

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:50am

The Daily Show correspondent recalls the impact American brunch had on his Indo-Muslim upbringing, and the benefits of resembling Michael Jackson as a teenager.

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Voyage Through An Adventurous Alternate Universe With 'Basilisk'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:03am

Voyage of the Basilisk is the latest book in Marie Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series; critic Genevieve Valentine says if you love dragons like Lady Trent does, now's the time to get acquainted.

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American Archetypes On A Bloody Funny Path In 'The Harder They Come'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 6:03am

In his latest novel, T.C. Boyle is at play in his usual fields: California, baby boomer angst, fathers and sons. But critic Jason Sheehan says it's a gory, absurdist, expertly paced frolic.

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After Nazi Plunder, A Quest To Bring The 'Woman In Gold' Home

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:03am

The new movie Woman In Gold tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who fought her way to the Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to give back a painting of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer.

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In Bhutto's 'Crescent Moon,' Pakistan 'Demands A Sacrifice From Its People'

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:00am

Fatima Bhutto is a member of the one of the most famous families in Pakistan. Her novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, is about Pakistan's remote tribal regions, where loyalties are very divided.

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Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:32pm

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.

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